Sole Local Restaurant at Fair & Expo to Support Local Teachers with Percentage of Sales

Cafe La Fonda's "Extreme Tamal" booth at the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo (courtesy)

Amidst the bustling atmosphere of the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo, one restaurant stands out, capturing the hearts and taste buds of fair-goers. Cafe La Fonda, known for its delectable Hispanic heritage cuisine, has become the sole local food booth at the event, serving up a delicious treat while supporting a worthy cause.

At their booth, Cafe La Fonda is offering mouthwatering tamales, a traditional Mexican dish loved by many. However, what sets them apart is their commitment to giving back to the community. For every tamale sold, Cafe La Fonda pledges to donate $0.50 to the Santa Barbara Teacher’s Association, demonstrating their support for local educators who play a vital role in shaping young minds.

One of Cafe La Fonda’s “Extreme Tamal” at the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo (courtesy)

The restaurant’s advocacy for the Santa Barbara Teacher’s Association aligns with their broader mission of community resilience and support. Resilience Institute, a non-profit organization that Cafe La Fonda is affiliated with, focuses on holistic approaches and restorative justice initiatives to uplift individuals, families, and communities towards self-sufficiency and resiliency-based practices.

According to Cafe La Fonda, the restaurant takes pride in intertwining their professional services with social impact. As part of their sustainable business model, the restaurant is one of three for-profit entities founded by Resilience Institute. Alongside their glass and janitorial companies, the restaurant-catering arm delivers delicacies wrapped in traditional Hispanic heritage menus. Customers not only savor exquisite flavors but also contribute to the sustainability and growth of the local community.

Being the sole local food booth at the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to showcasing the vibrant flavors of their region. Visitors to the fair are in for a culinary experience that showcases the rich cultural diversity of Santa Barbara cuisine, all while supporting local teachers and education. Cafe La Fonda’s presence shines a spotlight on the power of local businesses that make a positive difference. 

The Fair & Expo is taking place at the Earl Warren Showgrounds on May 3rd through 5th.

For those who want to learn more about the restaurant’s advocacy and social initiatives, additional information can be found on the Resilience Institute’s website at and on Cafe La Fonda’s official website at


Highlight articles showcase events, nonprofits, and businesses within Santa Barbara County. Email to inquire about being featured as an Edhat Highlight.

Edhat Staff

Written by Edhat Staff

What do you think?


0 Comments deleted by Administrator

Leave a Review or Comment


    • Great point, SBSURFER. I wonder if there are certain exclusive “fair vendors?” Doesn’t seem right to not include more local vendors in a “Santa Barbara Fair & Expo.” We have so many amazing food trucks and restaurants that I’d much rather see there than the deep fried fair stuff they have each year.

Coroner Releases Identity of Victim in Fatal Santa Maria Crash

Santa Barbara Foresters Temporarily Relocate to Santa Barbara High School for 2024 Season